After graduating in Comparative Literature and Sociology at the University of Zagreb, from 1982 Slavenka Drakulić collaborated with the weeklies Start and Danas with a special interest in women's issues. After being accused and threatened because of her criticism on violence perpetrated at the expense of non-Serbian women during the war started in 1991, she left Croatia and lived in several parts of Europe writing for a few newspapers including La Stampa, The Nation, Dagens Nyheter, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Politiken. Communism and the war in the Balkans are often at the centre of her political essays, where women's points of view also play a prime role. In 1991, she published How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed an original piece of criticism on communism through an analysis of women's deprivation. In 1993 she also published The Balkan Express: Fragments from the other Side of War, a collection of writings about the changes occurred after the beginning of the 1991 war. When the war was over, Slavenka was already living in Stockholm with her husband, witnessing first hand the trials at the Hague Tribunal, which inspired her They Would Never Hurt a Fly written in 2005. In addition to essays and articles, she authored many novels: Hologram of Fear del 1988 is her first novel. The following year she wrote Marble Skin about the difficult relation between mothers and daughters.
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